BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's feast day. Hearing early morning "bombs" and late night fireworks is a tradition of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that has been carried on for generations by the members and families belonging to the Mount Carmel Society. Warren residents, especially on the east side of Warren, will be able to hear them.
Warren's Mount Bethel's Squad 61 is standing by at Berkeley Heights Fire Headquarters covering their township while they provide support at the Mt Carmel Fair.
For those raised in Berkeley Heights, the early "bombs" symbolize a joyous day of celebration and carrying on traditions. The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel dates back to the early 1900s to the families that settled in Berkeley Heights honoring their Italian ancestry through the culture and traditions of the Mount Carmel Society.
Members of the Mount Carmel Society and their families begin the morning of July 16 with a parade that meets across from the Church of the Little Flower. The procession is led by a brass band of Dixieland style music followed by the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The parade follows the same historic route of the streets of their members. Until recently, they would stop along the route in front of their members homes and set off a bomb.
After the procession, a short Mass will be held at the Church of Little Flower followed by a free picnic lunch held at Peppertown Park on Plainfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights.
All festival parking is off-site on July 16. Handicap parking will be available at The Berkeley Plaza. It is recommended to come early on the 16th due to Springfield Avenue closing to all traffic at 6 p.m.
The festivities include a wide variety of amusement rides, games, music, food and a beer and wine garden. And fireworks. Really good fireworks.
Wrist bands will NOT be available on July 16.
Shuttle transportation will be available from Columbia Middle School on Plainfield Avenue to the front gate of the fair starting at 6 p.m. and will end at 10:30 p.m. (There will be no return shuttle service following the firework show.)
Admission on July 16 - Adult admission and children over 6: $10 per person; children 5 and under are free. Click here to pre-purchase tickets. Ticket holders must present their printed ticket at entry gate for scanning.
There will be only one gate open for entrance to the fair. That gate is located on Springfield Avenue after the Berkeley Car Wash. There will be additional lanes at the main gate to accommodate this change. This was mandated in accordance with the Berkeley Heights Police Department to control the crowds in the residential areas of Garfield, Lincoln, and Washington Street.
Fireworks are provided by Garden State Fireworks, Santore Bros.
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The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel ends today July 16 at 56 River Road in Berkeley Heights. The fairgrounds are open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.